Prestigious National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Public Health England (PHE) to set up collaborative programs with PHE in mental health and public health system models including public health observatories (PHOs). PHE has integrated all the PHOs in England into an integrated knowledge and intelligence network. Meanwhile, NIMHANS hosted the 2nd India-UK roundtable on establishing India’s first PHO on August 2 and 3 in which 50 experts from PHE, NIMHANS and key institutions across India such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in Puducherry and National Institute of Epidemiology in Chennai.
Besides Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, British Deputy High Commission, Indian Institute of Science, Institute of Public Health, International Institute of Information Technology, Kolar District Health Office, MS Ramaiah Medical College, and National Center for Disease Informatics and Research participated, according to a release on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion NIMHANS Director Professor B N Gangadhar said, mental health is a major issue common to both the UK and India. – United News of India